NEWBERRY, S.C. - Another day of intense training sessions is in the books for the Newberry College football team, and one of the most intense battles of the day was between the defensive backs and wide receivers. We spoke with defensive secondary coach Anathan Gibson and wide receivers coach Ike Allred after Tuesday afternoon's practice session.
Defensive backs coach Anathan Gibson:
On the secondary's overall performance through Tuesday's practice: "So far so good. We started off a little slow, but we're getting back into the swing of things and looking good so far."
On returning players leading the younger group: "We're getting great leadership from our returners like Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.), Derrell Mills (Gray Court, S.C.), Temarcus Thompson (Greenville, S.C.) and Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.). We've got a great group of guys like Jared Shaw (Fort Mill, S.C.) and Kendall Glenn (Duncan, S.C.) who are following their lead and getting better each day."
On expectations before the next scrimmage: "We need to continue to improve on our fundamentals. The ability and speed is there, but once we get the fundamentals down pat, we'll be in much better shape."
Wide receivers coach Ike Allred:
On the elevated intensity level during Tuesday's practice: "The defense definitely stepped up their intensity today, and that's going to be really good for our guys because we expect a lot of press man coverage and pressure up front. If we can get it done outside with pressure like our defense put on us today, there's no doubt we can have some success at the wide out position."
On the leadership of returning receivers: "We have a lot of leadership coming back with five of the seven receivers that played last year coming back. We have about six quality backup players who can step up as well. We didn't see David Pressley (Anderson, S.C.) play last year, but we'll see him play a lot this year and Andre Young (North Augusta, S.C.) will play a lot this year as well. Brandon Bostick (Florence, S.C.) is coming off of a redshirt year and he's definitely going to see a lot of action as the year goes on."
On the confidence level within the receiving corps: "Our guys play with a lot of confidence on the field. Regardless of the situation, I've always had the utmost confidence in the guys because we practice hard every day. Tymere Zimmerman set the bar very, very, very high when he was here, and we try to reach that bar every day since he's been gone, so you definitely have to play with a lot of confidence to try and get that high."
On expectations before the next scrimmage: "We need to continue to execute the plays that we've put in. We have the majority of our offense in now, and we need to continue to execute at a high level with a high intensity level."